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100 Grotesquely Surreal Sculptures

From Morbid to Sardonic These Sculptures are Unsettling

— April 24, 2012 — Art & Design
There is something about the macabre, the strange and the sardonic that intrigues people; the grotesquely surreal sculptures featured here demonstrate this. Perhaps such dark themes play to a person's sense of curiosity, beckoning them to explore the unknown. Perhaps this artwork offers a reprieve (even if unsettling) from humdrum everyday life by challenging common notions of aesthetics and propriety. In any case, it is hard to deny that these works effectively capture the themes, subjects and moods they seek to depict.

From newborn babies ostentatiously tattooed with brand names to rotting corpses to purses with teeth, the sculptures featured here would be equally at home in a gallery or a horror film. Indeed, subjects like death, nihilism and alienation are found in both contexts. These sculptures may not be pretty, but they are interesting.

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CEO Tribute Statues
CEO Tribute Statues
'Graphisoft' Creates a Public Sculpture to Honor Steve Jobs
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Canopy Creeping Sculptures
Canopy Creeping Sculptures
'Creature' by Frank Havermans Casts Shadowy Effects From the Rooftop
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Decapitated Metal Heads
Decapitated Metal Heads
Michele Deiters & Bibi van der Velden Has One Glisetening Display
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Anti-Smoking Sculptures
Anti-Smoking Sculptures
David Havetta Makes Sculptures Out of Chewed-Up Nicotine Gum
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Frozen Tongue Campaigns
Frozen Tongue Campaigns
The Yashida Ice Works Ads Look Uncomfortably Painful
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Movie Collage Statues
Movie Collage Statues
Ripley's Terminator Sculpture is Unbelievable
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Creepy Crying Appliances
Creepy Crying Appliances
The DL & Co. 'Deirdre' Candle Sheds a Molten Wax Tear
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Cold Melancholy Sculptures
Cold Melancholy Sculptures
Derek Weisberg Creates Art that Speaks Sad Volumes
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Organic Sinister Sculptures (UPDATE)
Organic Sinister Sculptures (UPDATE)
Artist Tessa Farmer Creates Significant Mini Statues
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Decapitated Fast Food Mascots
Decapitated Fast Food Mascots
Giuseppe Veneziano Re-Imagines Greek Mythology with a Twist
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Human Tree Sculptures
Human Tree Sculptures
‘Seaweed' by Tell No One is Part of a Lo-Fi Video Experiment
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Cardboard Facial Sculptures
Cardboard Facial Sculptures
Scott Fife Constructs Intricate Facial Art With Simple Materials
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Distorted Traditional Statues
Distorted Traditional Statues
Affiliati Peducci/Savini Manipulate Marble and Classic Beauty
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Super-Emotive Sculptures
Super-Emotive Sculptures
The 'Illuminated Crowd' Photos Show the Fragile Nature of Expression
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Misfit Plaything Sculptures
Misfit Plaything Sculptures
Cat Bishop Creates Altered Art from Vintage Toys
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Suspended Death Sculptures
Suspended Death Sculptures
Daphne Wright Depicts Guilt and Sympathy in Her New Collection
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Fantastical Macabre Figures
Fantastical Macabre Figures
J*RYU Displays a Creative Mind for Unusual Themes
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Stunning Skeletal Sculptures
Stunning Skeletal Sculptures
Suzanne Hagerstrom Uses the Bones of Wild Animals to Create Art
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Hairy Human Sculptures
Hairy Human Sculptures
Fred Laforge Builds a Beastly Being Using Synthetic Locks
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Marooned Corpse Sculptures
Marooned Corpse Sculptures
The Taylor Baldwin 'The Interpreter' Art Features a Skeleton on a Raft
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Nude Humanimal Sculptures
Nude Humanimal Sculptures
Marc and Gillie Schattner Create Odd Pieces of Dog-Headed Art
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Blinged-Out Baby Skulls
Blinged-Out Baby Skulls
Designer Damien Hirst Creates Some Expensive Controversy
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Quirky Eco Critters
Quirky Eco Critters
Artist Nick Georgiou Uses Recycled Newspaper to Create Sculptures
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Gooey Garbage Art
Gooey Garbage Art
Stefan Gross Encourages People to Not Waste or Take the World Seriously
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Terror Sculptures
Terror Sculptures
Damien Canderle Makes Jaw-Dropping Models Using Zbrush 3
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Deranged Nature Sculptures
Deranged Nature Sculptures
Andrew Nigon Creates Models that are Complex and Terrifying
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Macabre Mannequins
Macabre Mannequins
This Christina West Installation Places Screaming Dolls on Floors and Walls
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Machete-Wielding Sculptures
Machete-Wielding Sculptures
Gregor Gaida's Work Features Characters in Full Action
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Surreal Sand Sculptures
Surreal Sand Sculptures
Carl Jara Creates Unexpected Beach Artwork
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Mutant Human Hybrid Sculptures
Mutant Human Hybrid Sculptures
Allochtoons Brings Horrific Nightmarish Creations Into Reality
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Decapitated Molting Sculptures
Decapitated Molting Sculptures
The Rachel Niffenegger 'Heads on Poles' Series is Dark
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Mordily Evocative Models
Mordily Evocative Models
Rook Floro Brings the Repressed to Life Through These Scuptures
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Disturbing Alien Constructs
Disturbing Alien Constructs
Wondrous and Creepy Sculptures by Renee Adams
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Morbid Melon Sculptures
Morbid Melon Sculptures
Artist Dimitri Tsykalov Carves Intricate Figures From Produce
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Fashion Accessory Fowls
Fashion Accessory Fowls
Laurel Roth Creates Peacock Sculptures Using Fake Fingernails & Hairclips
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Weirdly Wired Sculptures
Weirdly Wired Sculptures
British Artist Derek Kinzett Creates Life-Like Work from Metal
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Grimy Gallery Exhibits
Grimy Gallery Exhibits
The 'Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt' Show Focuses on Time and Decay
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Bone-Baring Sculptures
Bone-Baring Sculptures
Aleksandr Tivodar Creates Some Bone-Chilling Works of Art
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Horror-Inducing Surrealism Collections
Horror-Inducing Surrealism Collections
Chet Zar's Conjoined II is a Freak Show of Talent
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Startling Eyeball Sculptures
Startling Eyeball Sculptures
The Giant Tony Tasset 'EYE' Keeps Watch in Chicago
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Morbid Seating Sculptures
Morbid Seating Sculptures
Atelier Van Lieshout Creates a Skeletal Crawling Bench
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Clay-Made Tentacle Lanterns
Clay-Made Tentacle Lanterns
The Scott Musgrove 'Walktopus' is an Enormous Light-Up Octopus
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Human Canvas Paintings
Human Canvas Paintings
Ah Xian Creates Intricate Designs on Faces and Shoulders
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Ground Bone Sculptures
Ground Bone Sculptures
John O'Reilly Creates Astounding Biological Artworks
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Rolling Food Sculptures
Rolling Food Sculptures
Nir Adar Makes Sphere-Shaped Edible Artworks
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Creepy Taper Sculptures
Creepy Taper Sculptures
A.F. Vandevorst's Woman Made of Candles Glows Eerily
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Spikey Crucifixion Sculptures
Spikey Crucifixion Sculptures
The Precious Light Exhibit Explores Themes in the King James Bible
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Urban Taxidermy Art
Urban Taxidermy Art
Nature Meets City Life in the Pim Palsgraaf 'Multiscape' Sculptures
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Crushed Car Sculptures
Crushed Car Sculptures
Choices by John Chamberlain is Colorfully Creative
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Modern Mythological Exhibits
Modern Mythological Exhibits
Jan Manski's Showcase is Oddly Creepy Yet Eye-Opening
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Eccentric Hair Photography
Eccentric Hair Photography
The Raised Eyebrows Photo Series Features Some Hairy Situations
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Fictional Taxidermy Sculptures
Fictional Taxidermy Sculptures
Carl Turner aka Biscuitboy has Created Dr. Seuss-Inspired Critters
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Mutated Easter Bunnies
Mutated Easter Bunnies
These Russell Wrankle Sculptures Turn the Tables on Mother Nature
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Life-Like Insectual Origami (UPDATE)
Life-Like Insectual Origami (UPDATE)
Brian Chan's Fixation with Origami Takes on an Insect Form
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Morbid Anatomical Sculptures
Morbid Anatomical Sculptures
These Detailed Skull Pieces by Artist Kris Kuksi Will Creep You Out
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Fairytale Figurines
Fairytale Figurines
These Shary Boyle Sculptures Re-Create Fantasies as Surreal Statues
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Equine Bacon Sculptures
Equine Bacon Sculptures
The Meat Horse by AuTopsyTurvy Might Make You Turn Vegan
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Haunting Humanimal Sculptures
Haunting Humanimal Sculptures
Kate Clark Crafts Realistic Animals With Lifelike Human Faces
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Diseased Sculptures
Diseased Sculptures
Human Pathology Busts by Paul Komoda Show Effects of Syphilis
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Lifelike Entrails Exhibits
Lifelike Entrails Exhibits
Try Not to Lose Your Lunch at the Semmelweiss Medical Museum
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Living Art Installations
Living Art Installations
Ten31 Productions Provides Uses Humans as Canvases
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Beastly Eco Sculptures
Beastly Eco Sculptures
Sayaka Kajita Ganz Uses Found Objects to Create Her Animal Models
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Melting Wooden Sculptures
Melting Wooden Sculptures
The 'Duramen Series' by Bonsoir Paris is Organic in Shape
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Enigmatic Sorrowful Sculptures
Enigmatic Sorrowful Sculptures
JinYoung Yu Crafts Transparent Beings with Sad Childlike Faces
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Super-Sized Barbie Heads
Super-Sized Barbie Heads
Colin Christian Creates Surreal Sculptures of Silicone Ladies
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Keyboard Skulls
Keyboard Skulls
Maurice Mbikayi Transforms Computer Peripherals Into Human Figures
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Upcycled Insect Sculptures
Upcycled Insect Sculptures
These Arthrobots are Incredible Sculptures from Recycled Materials
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Intricate Skullptures
Intricate Skullptures
Artist ‘Jim' is Back Again With More Morbid Pieces
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Hyperrealistic Human Sculptures
Hyperrealistic Human Sculptures
Bert Simons' 3D Paper Portraits Reflect his Artistic Skills
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Surreal Circus Act Art
Surreal Circus Act Art
Nancy Kubale's Latest Sculptures Remind One of a Demented Circus
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Macabre Paper Masks
Macabre Paper Masks
Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry of Paper Cut Project Horse Around for Hermes
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Welded Chain Sculptures
Welded Chain Sculptures
Yeong-Deok Seo Creates Highly Textured and Detail Works of Art
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Eerie Infant Sculptures
Eerie Infant Sculptures
The Catherine Leutenegger 'Welcome Home Baby' Series is Disturbing
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Creepy-Crawly Sculptures
Creepy-Crawly Sculptures
Sarah Knouse Explores the Relationship Between Possesions and People
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Frightening Clay Creations
Frightening Clay Creations
The Ceramic Sculptures by Caterina Silenzi Raku will Stun You
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Alien LEGO Sculptures
Alien LEGO Sculptures
The 12' LEGO Yoda Santa has Christmas Spirit
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Masked Bunny Sculptures
Masked Bunny Sculptures
Artwork by Darla Jackson is Darkly Endearing
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Human-Octopus Hybrids
Human-Octopus Hybrids
Morgan Herrin Creates Awe-Inspiring Intricate Artworks
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Anatomical Origami Art
Anatomical Origami Art
Horst Kiechle's Paper Torso Comes With Removable Organs
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Lifelike Infant Dolls
Lifelike Infant Dolls
Michelle Barrow-Belisle's Clay Babies are Realistic
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Eerily Meticulous Statues
Eerily Meticulous Statues
These Human Sculptures by Tip Toland Convey Lessons of Beauty
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Realistic Revealing Sculptures
Realistic Revealing Sculptures
The Zarko Baseski Self-Portrait Carvings are Stunning
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Mutilated Toy Models
Mutilated Toy Models
Melting Plastic Sculptures Heat up the 'Sustainable Trash' Exhibition
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Surreal Symbolic Figurines
Surreal Symbolic Figurines
The Christina Bothwell Glass Sculptures Celebrate Birth and Death
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Recycled Paper Roll Visages
Recycled Paper Roll Visages
Junior Fritz Jacquet Sculpts Origami Faces Using Toilet Products
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Creepy Wax Sculptures
Creepy Wax Sculptures
The Melted Works of Jane Moseley are Incredibly Lifelike
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Stripped-Down Icons
Stripped-Down Icons
The Hello Kitty Anatomy Sculpture from Jason Freeny
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Tattooed Baby Art
Tattooed Baby Art
Jason Clay Lewis Creates a Lifelike Sculpture to Document the BP Oil Spill
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Grotesque Macabre Figures
Grotesque Macabre Figures
Fredrik Raddum Has a Strange Imagination for Violence
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Creepy Fruit Carvings
Creepy Fruit Carvings
A Japanese Artist Creates Unique Banana Sculptures
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Eerie Underwater Assemblies (UPDATE)
Eerie Underwater Assemblies (UPDATE)
Taylor's 'Silent Evolution' Reveals a Pelagic Population
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Distorted Deathlike Sculptures
Distorted Deathlike Sculptures
Seungchun Lim Explores Darkness with Daunting Human Clay Sculptures
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Brain-Gobbling Game Sculptures
Brain-Gobbling Game Sculptures
Kody Koala Turns Princess Peach Into an Undead Menace
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Retro Recycled Artworks
Retro Recycled Artworks
L017's Vinyl Record Sculptures are Complex and Detailed
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Inked-Out Infants
Inked-Out Infants
The Tatted Surreal Sculptures of Dietrich Wegner
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Detailed Newspaper Sculptures
Detailed Newspaper Sculptures
Nick Georgiou Transforms Old Papers into Works of Art
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Freaky Faceless Sculptures
Freaky Faceless Sculptures
These Choi Xooang Creations Are Downright Disturbing
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Hyperreal Human Replicas
Hyperreal Human Replicas
Bruno Walpoth Chisels Life-Like Statues Using Lime & Walnut Wood
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Biting Surreal Sculptures
Biting Surreal Sculptures
Un-Think by Nancy Fouts Seeks Sense in the Bizarre
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Sinister Garden Gnomes
Sinister Garden Gnomes
The Sculpture Park of Veiji Ronkkonen is a Very Scary Place
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